Robust Indigenes: Stories from Session I

In December,  the art department  launched Robust Indigenes: AIC Stories and Epiphanies as the first part of the AIC Retrospective exhibit. The 6-part series features longtime community members and friends of the Center sharing stories that capture the vitality and impact of the American Indian Center for the multiple generations that have passed through our doors. We are incredibly grateful to all participants and we hope to hear more stories at our upcoming event on Friday, April 21st at our new home in Albany Park.  
Below are some clips from our first session in December 2016.  


Arts Director, Dave Spencer, explains the title of Robust Indigenes. 


Leonard Malatare (Salish & Kootenai) on loving the Center and accidentally becoming an MC. 

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Lorena Gamble (Dine) on her father, his incredible life and the American Indian Center. 


Samantha Selby (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians)  on indentity in the City and stories of Firsts.